From the Author
He tells the tale of how a tall, thin and very pale aristocraticfriend of his was captured by some peasants when he was walking in themountains. They were convinced he was a mantequero because he was so pale andthin, and were about to murder him on the spot, but decided, to be on the safeside, to take him to the mayor. Luckily the mayor was not so superstitious andtold them he was not a mantequero but an Englishman.
I was very intrigued by this and did some research. There isn't agreat deal written down about the supernatural being but, as with other kindsof vampire, real live people have been accused of imitating the mantequero, themost notorious being JuanDíaz de Garayo, who confessed to six murders but was probably responsible formany more. He was, however, only given the title 'mantequero' because a childhe attacked was so horrified by his ugly face that she thought he was thesacamantecas. A more viable candidate is Manuel Blanco Romasanta, born in 1809,who was a travelling vendor of fats used for greasing wheels. He was accused ofusing human fat in his products, but escaped justice and went on to murder afurther nine people, inflicting horrible wounds and partially eating theircorpses.
Asrecently as the summer of 1910, Francisco Leone, a healer, kidnappedand killed a seven year old boy with the sole purpose of extracting his bloodand fat, for use in the cure of a third man suffering from tuberculosis.
Butof the legend there is very little, so I felt justified in inventing my ownmantequero. I hope you liked him.
Mantequero2 will be released later this year.
About the Author
She left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. Afterworking in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist's assistant(she was The Lovely Tanya), she returned to full-time education and did a BA inhistory at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford.
She stayed in Oxford workingas a recruitment consultant for many years and it was there that she met andmarried her husband, Vic.
In 2001 they retired and movedto Southern Spain where they live with their rather eccentric dog and cat.Besides writing, she enjoys reading, knitting and attempting to do fiendishlydifficult logic puzzles.
She has written two novels -Domingo's Angel - a love story set inFranco's Spain and harking back to the Spanish Civil War and beyond - and Allin the Mind - a contemporarynovel about an old woman who mysteriously begins to get younger
She has also written ananthology of short stories - Take One atBedtime - and co-written the anthology Bedtime Shadows - with the inimitable Tara Fox Hall.
She has contributed short stories to manyother anthologies, of which two - Doppelgangerand Uncle Vernon have recently beenreleased as short ebooks.
Her first self-published ebook, Away With the Fairies was released inSeptember 2012. Her second,
Mantequero, was originally published in Winter Wonders by Whimsical Publishing and has just been releasedas a short ebook.
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